Tell ADEM to Hold Walter Energy Accountable
Tuscaloosa's drinking water is threatened by a coal slurry spill into a tributary of Alabama's North River -- which flows into Lake Tuscaloosa.
The spill dumped an unknown quantity of coal slurry - a byproduct of burning coal that typically contains toxic heavy metals - from a mine owned by Florida-based Walter Energy on July 15th. TAKE ACTION NOW!
A Call to Action from a Long-time Sierra Club Activist
Brits are reported to answer the telephone with: "Are you there?" I wonder the same thing when I send email messages.
I don't often have responses to my messages; therefore, I don't know what actions, if any, you are taking. But I do know this: If we, and others who feel like us, don't take some really big steps to protect the environment, we will surely suffer the consequences.
I don't intend to be a pest, but I am an old guy with five grandchildren who is in a hurry. I would really appreciate your help. If we value a clean/livable environment, we just can't stand by and let others destroy 40 years of progress. And that is exactly what the opposition has in mind. (see articles below)
from David Newton
Climate Reality Project to Present 24 Hours of Reality on the Climate
What is 24 Hours of Reality?
24 Presenters. 24 Time Zones. 13 Languages. 1 Message. 24 Hours of Reality is a worldwide event to broadcast the reality of the climate crisis. It will consist of a new multimedia presentation created by Al Gore and delivered once per hour for 24 hours, in every time zone around the globe. Each hour people living with the reality of climate change will connect the dots between recent extreme weather events — including floods, droughts and storms — and the manmade pollution that is changing our climate. We will offer a round-the-clock, round-the-globe snapshot of the climate crisis in real time. The deniers may have millions of dollars to spend, but we have a powerful advantage. We have reality.
When is 24 Hours of Reality?
24 Hours of Reality will be broadcast live online from Sept. 14 to 15, over 24 hours, in 24 time zones and in 13 languages.
Where is 24 Hours of Reality?
From Tonga to Cape Verde, Mexico City to Alaska, Jakarta to London, people living with the impacts of climate change every day will tell their story. You can experience as much as you like without even leaving your home. Click here to find the location — or locations — where you would like to watch a presentation. from David Newton
350.org Sponsors Global Rally to Demand Climate Crisis Solutions
On September 24, Bill McKibben's organization, 350.org, will sponsor a worldwide rally to demand that policy makers take action on climate change.
Why? Three years ago, after leading climatologists observed rapid ice melt in the Arctic and other frightening signs of climate change, they issued a series of studies showing that the planet faced both human and natural disaster if atmospheric concentrations of CO2 remained above 350 parts per million.
Everyone from Al Gore to the U.N.’s top climate scientist has now embraced this goal as necessary for stabilizing the planet and preventing complete disaster. Now the trick is getting our leaders to pay attention and craft policies that will put the world on track to get to 350.
Moving Planet is a worldwide rally to demand solutions to the climate crisis—a single day to move away from fossil fuels. For too long, our leaders have denied and delayed, compromised and caved. That era must come to an end.
Come on bike, on skates, on a board, or just on foot. Come with your neighbors and your friends, your family and your co-workers. Come be part of something huge. It's time to get moving on the climate crisis.
Visit www.350.org to locate or initiate a local event. from David Newton
Attacking Clean Water: Alabama's Congressional Delegation in Action
As you may know, all but one of Alabama Congressional Representatives (Terri Sewell, Dist. 7 was the exception) voted with the majority of the U.S. House of Representatives last week to severely reduce the effectiveness of the 40 year old Clean Water Act, by passing H.R. 2018, which would enable the 50 states to create and enforce their own rules concerning water quality. (read more)
Purple Loosestrife Control Project Underway
The Flint River Conservation Association has been working for several years to help control Purple Loosestrife in the Flint River watershed. Purple Loosestrife has invaded wetlands across most of the US and it quickly crowds out native species, adversely altering the environment for both native plants and animals. The FRCA has done so well in the past years controlling Purple Loosestrife, the government has awarded a grant for an additional two years to try to get it eradicated from the watershed completely.
This year, the FRCA will begin in late June spraying the few remnants of last year, plus any new seedlings. Alabama A&M University is involved again this year, and the spraying effort will run from June until late August. The eradication effort could use some new and younger blood, so if you know of any church group, high school group, or environmental organizations that might like to be involved, please contact ask if they would like to get involved. If you would like to volunteer contact Susan Weber at 256-509-1219.
- Susan Weber, North Alabama Sierra Club
Open Season on Endangered Species?
The U.S. Congress is considering more environmentally damaging legislation than at any time since -- well, since, there's been a U.S. Congress. One of the biggest targets has been the Endangered Species Act.
Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune writes about why this is the worst possible time to turn our backs on species that need protection, whether they are gray wolves in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem or the whitebark pine of the Northern Rockies.
From the Insider, National Sierra Club